A young teenager was captured by Irish pirates and forced to work as a shepherd for six long, formative years. During this time, he suffered cold and hunger. Isolated from his friends and family, he turned to God for comfort. His faith grew so strong during those years that when he had a dream of a ship that would return him home, he acted on the dream, escaped, and made his way back home.
Eventually another dream/vision inspired him to return to Ireland, the land of his captivity. There he worked tirelessly for the rest of his life, sharing his faith with courage and humility and was eventually declared a saint.
My dream is that today’s slaves, who are many, like St. Patrick, find freedom and become an unstoppable force for good.